Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Watch Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic try backyard surfing during NHL pause

Watch Sharks' Marc-Edouard Vlasic try backyard surfing during NHL pause

With the coronavirus pandemic keeping the season on an indefinite hiatus, NHL players have had to find other ways to pass the time. 

Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, for example, is trying to catch some waves away from the beach.

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That’s quite a wipeout.

This isn't the first time Vlasic has been filmed engaging in a fun outdoor activity. Back in March, he was in Tahoe sledding in the snow with his dogs.

Hopefully we’ll be seeing Vlasic back on the ice with the Sharks sometime soon, because it doesn’t look like his surfing career is taking off anytime soon.

Joe Pavelski's game-winner vs. Jets symbolic of clutch Sharks' tenure

Joe Pavelski's game-winner vs. Jets symbolic of clutch Sharks' tenure

Programming note: Joe Pavelski's game-winning goal in the Sharks' thrilling, last-second 2019 victory over the Winnipeg Jets will re-air on Saturday, April 4 at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay California.

What a game. What a finish.

Joe Pavelski served as captain in multiple capacities throughout his time with the Sharks. Captain of San Jose, Captain America, and frequently, Captain Clutch. On March 12, 2019 against the Winnipeg Jets, both bookend descriptions were apt.

The Sharks entered the game on quite a run. They were undefeated in March, riding a five-game winning streak, including an impressive 3-0 road shutout over the Minnesota Wild the night before. Marc-Edouard Vlasic got San Jose on the board first, but Winnipeg responded with two goals over the ensuing 65 seconds, an early sign that the Sharks would have their hands full.

San Jose pulled even before the first intermission, and both sides managed to score once in the second period. Precisely two minutes into the third, Marcus Sorensen gave the Sharks their first lead since Vlasic's opening goal, but Matheiu Perreault knotted things up for the Jets with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, setting up for what appeared to be an overtime finish.

Pavelski never let it get that far.

With less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Winnipeg broke into San Jose's defensive zone, but Vlasic got a stick on a Jets' cross-ice pass, turning a scary defensive situation into an odd-man rush opportunity. Timo Meier raced up the open ice and collected the puck right as he crossed Winnipeg's blue line. Coming in at high speed, Meier attempted to set up Pavelski for the game-winning goal by lifting a saucer pass over the lone remaining Jets' defenseman's stick.

Before the puck reconnected with the ice, Pavelski swatted it out of mid-air, directly into the back of the net with 4.3 seconds left on the clock.

Game over. Winning streak extended in Winnipeg.

It was the usual suspect. Throughout Sharks franchise history, only Patrick Marleau has accounted for more game-winning goals than Pavelski's 60. Though it wasn't apparent at the time, his game-winner against at the Jets that night turned out to be the final one he scored for San Jose. Pavelski departed for the Dallas Stars in free agency last offseason, and while his goal total (14) might be on the decline, he hasn't lost his penchant for the clutch (three game-winners).

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Pavelski worked his way from being the No. 205 overall pick in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to being named captain of the United States National Team. Though not the biggest or fastest skater, there was never a harder worker. He endeared himself to Sharks fans through his leadership and effort, and those 355 regular-season and 48 playoff goals didn't hurt either.

Sharks' captain. Captain America. Captain Clutch. Any and all will do.

If you need a reminder as to why, tune into NBC Sports California tonight at 9 p.m.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, isolating in Tahoe, reflects on Sharks' season

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, isolating in Tahoe, reflects on Sharks' season

Of all the places to possibly isolate themselves, the Vlasic family chose wisely.

“We were going to take vacation time in Tahoe at the end of the year, and thought, might as well do it now,” Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic told NBC Sports California on Friday. 

Marc-Edouard, his wife Martine and their three dogs were quick to head towards the Sierras as soon as they got word from the Sharks that players were free to leave San Jose.

“There is quite a bit of snow,” Vlasic said. “[This] week is supposed to be very warm. When we first arrived there was a huge snowstorm, with road closures. So you get a little of everything, which is nice.”

The sights and sounds of Tahoe are the perfect place to put a rough hockey season in the past.

“Whatever it was, as a team we just couldn’t get going,” Vlasic said. “When you fall behind like we did, it’s hard to catch up. Yeah, in the second month of the season we went 11-3, but we couldn’t keep it going.”

Frustrating, yes. But not worth dwelling over for very long for Vlasic. In fact, maybe the Sharks' struggles of 70 games this past season will spark something next time around.

“I’ll look back on the season of 14-15 [missed the playoffs], and then the next year 15-16, we go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final,” Vlasic said. “If you look at that, and build off that experience. The guys came in the following year with something to prove.”

Until then, Vlasic, like most human adults on Earth will try to weather the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“I realized communities were panicking when I went to the grocery store,” Vlasic said. “People were just ripping stuff off the shelf that, in two weeks would be there anyways.” 

Interpreting the situation, and his own instincts like so many other NHL players, Vlasic has decided to forego physical training until there’s any clarity of hockey resuming.

“Yes, I shut down the body,” Vlasic said. “I have no gym here. No bike. I go outside and walk the dogs, do some body weight stuff, but nothing like I would if I was in San Jose at the rink.”